AF Biographies

This database holds biographical information on Air Force leaders, active duty, Reserve and retired general officers; current senior executives; secretaries of the Air Force; and chief master sergeants of the Air Force. Air Force Biographies may not have been prepared for some general officers before retirement. If a name is not listed, an Air Force biography is not available. For biography changes and updates please send an e-mail to Air Force Biographies from a .mil e-mail address. 

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090916-F-JZ029-431 MAJOR GENERAL MONROE T. SMITH
Retired   November 01, 1987
Major General Monroe T. Smith is deputy chief of staff, product assurance and acquisition logistics, Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Andrews Air Force Base, Md. General Smith was born in 1931, in Glenwood, Ga., and graduated from Turkey Creek High School, Plant City, Fla., in 1948. He earned a bachelor of general education degree from the
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090916-F-JZ029-430 BRIGADIER GENERAL PINKHAM SMITH
Retired   August 01, 1968   Died  December 30, 1979
Brigadier General Pinkham Smith has a long and distinguished record in strategic bombardment. General Smith began this association in June of 1941 with a training unit at Barksdale Field, La. Early in 1944, he saw action as a B-29 pilot with the Twentieth Bomber Command in the China-Burma-India Theater. In a quiet, but highly efficient way, he
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090916-F-JZ029-429 MAJOR GENERAL PERRY M. SMITH
Retired   August 01, 1986
Major General Perry M. Smith is commandant, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. General Smith was born in 1934, at West Point, N.Y., and graduated from Highland Falls (N.Y.) High School in 1952. As the son of an Army officer, he traveled extensively through this country during his youth. The general lived in Panama, from
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Default Air Force Logo MAJOR GENERAL PHILLIPS WALLER SMITH
  Died  February 16, 1963
Phillips Waller Smith was born at St. Paul, Minn., in 1906. He attended the University of Wisconsin for a year, and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and was commissioned a second lieutenant of Cavalry June 12, 1930. The following three years he held various assignments with the Cavalry, and on Oct. 16, 1933 was detailed
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110310-F-JZ022-359 BRIGADIER GENERAL ROGER C. SMITH
Retired   September 01, 1988
Brigadier General Roger C. Smith is the Joint Chiefs of Staff representative, Defense and Space Negotiations, Washington, D.C., and Geneva, Switzerland. General Smith was born in 1937, in Orange, N.J., and graduated from Jonathan Dayton Regional High School, Springfield, N.J., in 1955. He received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Kenyon
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110310-F-JZ022-358 MAJOR GENERAL RICHARD D. SMITH
Retired   August 01, 1993
Major General Richard D. Smith is the director of logistics, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He develops and directs policy and procedures for conducting maintenance, supply, transportation and munitions operations in support of the command's air logistics centers and product centers, Headquarters
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030707-F-JZ509-688 MAJOR GENERAL RONDAL H. SMITH
Retired   January 01, 1998
Major General Rondal H. Smith is commander, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. The center is one of the Air Force's five air logistics centers and is Georgia's largest industrial complex. The general is responsible for worldwide logistics support of most transport aircraft, F-15 superiority fighters, helicopters,
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090916-F-JZ029-428 LIEUTENANT GENERAL ROBERT NELSON SMITH
Retired   October 01, 1973   Died  April 08, 2004
Lieutenant General Robert Nelson Smith is chief of staff, United Nations Command, Korea, and chief of staff, U.S. Forces, Korea. General Smith was born in Burlington, Mass., in 1915. He graduated from Fryeburg Academy, Fryeburg, Maine, in 1934 and entered Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, graduating in 1938 with a bachelor of science degree in
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Default Air Force Logo MAJOR GENERAL SORY SMITH
Retired   July 01, 1965   Died  December 27, 1996
Sory Smith was born in Clarksville, Tenn., in 1909. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy June 12, 1930, and was appointed a second lieutenant of Infantry. After completing flying training he was transferred to the Air Corps Dec. 22, 1931. General Smith served with pursuit and bombardment groups and in staff positions in California, Louisiana
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110310-F-JZ022-351 BRIGADIER GENERAL STANLEY O. SMITH
Retired   March 01, 1991
Brigadier General Stanley O. Smith is chief of staff, Defense Mapping Agency, Fairfax, Va. The Defense Mapping Agency's mission is to enhance national security, and it supports the offices of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, unified and specified commands, military departments and other users. To do this, it produces and
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Default Air Force Logo BRIGADIER GENERAL WILBUR A. SMITH
Retired   June 01, 1963   Died  December 10, 1981
Wilbur Anderson Smith was born in Camden, N.J., in 1903, the son of the late William Briggs Smith and the late Ada Gertrude Anderson Smith. He has spent the major part of his life as a resident of New Jersey. Through his mother, he is a direct descendant of Colonel John Anderson whose disabled and leaking ship put into Perth Amboy, N.J., in 1699
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030707-F-JZ509-682 BRIGADIER GENERAL WALLACE GORDON SMITH

Wallace Gordon Smith was born in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1891. After attending the University of Missouri and Montana Agricultural and Mechanical College, he enlisted as a private in the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps on Dec. 24, 1917. The following March he entered flying school at Wichita Falls, Texas and was commissioned a second lieutenant in
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090916-F-JZ029-427 MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM T. SMITH
Retired   August 01, 1969   Died  July 10, 1998
William Thomas Smith, chief of staff, Air Force Communications Service, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., was born Aug. 19, 1913 in Detroit, Mich. He attended the Detroit public schools, graduated from Eastern High School in 1930, and attended the University of Detroit. In 1932 he joined the Michigan National Guard and three years later won a competitive
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090916-F-JZ029-426 BRIGADIER GENERAL WILLARD W. SMITH
Retired   July 31, 1963   Died  May 12, 1995
Willard Wright Smith was born in Kansas City, Mo., in 1910. He spent his early life in north Texas, starting school in El Paso. He graduated from high school in Corvallis, Ore., in June 1928, and from Oregon State College in June 1934 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering majoring in aeronautical engineering. He was
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110310-F-JZ022-350 GENERAL WILLIAM Y. SMITH
Retired   July 31, 1983
General William Y. Smith is deputy commander in chief Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany. General Smith was born in 1925, in Hot Springs, Ark., where he graduated from high school in 1943. He spent one year at Washington and Lee University Va., then entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He graduated in
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051205-F-JZ508-351 GENERAL LANCE L. SMITH
Retired   January 01, 2008
Gen. Lance L. Smith is Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, and NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, Norfolk, Va. As Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, he is responsible for maximizing present and future military capabilities of the United States by leading the transformation of joint forces in the areas of joint training, joint
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030707-F-JZ509-689 BRIGADIER GENERAL ANDREW W. SMOAK
Retired   August 01, 2001
Brig. Gen. Andrew W. Smoak is deputy director, Plans and Customer Operations Directorate, National Imagery and Mapping Agency, Reston, Va. NIMA is a combat support agency jointly chartered by the secretary of defense and the director of central intelligence. The agency is the central authority for imagery and mapping in the U.S. government. It
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060503-F-JZ507-349 MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT L. SMOLEN
Retired   November 01, 2007   Died  May 18, 2014
Maj. Gen. Robert L. Smolen is Commander, Air Force District of Washington, Bolling Air Force Base, D.C. The Air Force District of Washington provides the single Air Force voice and component to the Joint Forces Headquarters-National Capital Region, as well as organizes, trains and equips combat forces for the aerospace expeditionary forces,
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091201-F-JZ028-314 BRIGADIER GENERAL MARVIN T. "TOM" SMOOT JR.
Retired   August 01, 2011
Brig. Gen. Marvin T. "Tom" Smoot Jr. is the Commandant, Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University, Norfolk, Va. He leads a highly qualified faculty and staff in the education of national security professionals to plan and execute joint, multinational, and interagency operations to instill a primary commitment to joint, multinational,
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110310-F-JZ022-349 MAJOR GENERAL JAMES P. SMOTHERMON
Retired   June 01, 1988
Major General James P. Smothermon is director of operations, Defense Nuclear Agency, Alexandria, Va. General Smothermon was born in 1935, in Blytheville, Ark., and graduated from Blytheville High School in 1953. He attended the University of Arkansas prior to entering the aviation cadet program in October 1954. He earned a bachelor's degree in
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